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Partially this is what Ganymede said. It's not necessarily that there is more fraud, but there is more fraud being discovered or new offenses defined as fraud, so the pool does grow.
Part of it, though, is like you said. When there are safeguards in place, people become pretty complacent and go about their day to day lives assuming that the system is going to be working. And for most things, it does. Take the Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example. People can get away with selling junk toasters, but nobody gets away with selling exploding toasters. Which is why we can use a toaster and (usually) not have to worry that it's going to electrocute us, or catch something on fire, or disintegrate into a shower of superheated parts.
It's the same principle. People view the SEC primarily as a proactive, safeguarding entity rather than a retaliatory, punitive one, and so are probably less aware / alert for possible bad things to happen, therefore making it more likely to become a victim of said bad thing.
@rucket Yeah, I've heard some fairly convincing theories that he doesn't actually believe anything he says and is just grifting because no one could possibly be that stupid, but honestly, I don't care. He wants me to think he's a shitbird, so I will take him at his word and believe he's a shitbird.
What I find funny about a lot of the lack of labor news stories is that sometimes the employer complaining about their difficulty recruiting new hires gets asked 'Have you tried raising wages?' and the answer is always no.
It's like they operate under the assumption that the supply of minimum wage labor is supposed to be infinite.
Yeah I saw this and was like "Holy crap, it just goes on and on"
ETA: Just remember though, the government doesn't fund anything. Taxpayers do and we don't have any choice because lobbyists for companies like Monsanto (that own the patents for the corn seed that most Americans grow, and also own our Congress) make it too expensive for farmers to BE farmers without government subsidy.
I'm sure if I'd had coffee I could come up with the racism analogy, because it's there. Ohhhh it's there. But, yeah, going to to make coffee now.
Well, not to default Fuckface McGee over here, but when your entire base has devolved into radical white nationalist extremists I guess you have little choice but to cower before th, oh wait, no people could nut up and actually have principles like Liz shudders fucking shudders Cheney. Fuck Ron Johnson and 98% of the GOP.
I honestly don't know much about anarcho-syndacalist, but wouldn't anarchy, technically, be the extreme far far far FAR right? Absolutely no governmental regulation?
No, anarchism is traditionally a far-left philosophy. "No government regulation" shows up a lot in right-wing spheres terms of government's relationship to capital, but most anarchist philosophies are just as much against capitalist power structures as they are against governmental.
The only real exception here is the anarcho-capitalists (ancaps), who are fascists who haven't found that special strongman proponents of capitalism without any national government restricting it. They're the far-right anarchists you're thinking of.
As far as "left" or "right" mean anything. I still think we lost the plot when they stopped referring to opposition or support of the Ancien Régime and the damnable House of Bourbon.
I mean, in the grand scheme of things, if I didn't vote - my state still would have gone to Biden, because of a large urban area that always makes the whole state blue - despite the rural areas being pretty damn red.
Did I vote? Hell yes. Because it's important to me to do so. It's one of the few things my father actually took his children to do, the first time they were legal to vote, making sure we all registered.
Because if everyone got lazy about voting, because the system is completely fucked and the electoral college is bullshit, we'd be guilty for not even trying to affect change. (I really want there to be a way to abolish the EC)
@silverfox I don't think anyone is threatened with expulsion per se, but--the culture of this particular college is just pretty unique even in my state for people going there probably being more naturally inclined to adhere to community protection/following scientific guidelines.
But yeah, public or private, higher education is hurting for $$$ now with enrollment down. I hope in my state it will end the artificial class size downsizing in our public colleges and universities to give more students access to higher education even if they're not geniuses or rich. Looks that might be happening some last year and this year to allow non straight A students to get their foot in the door. But we will see. If there's a way to fuck it up I'm sure they will.
It has also been really interesting to me to see how Mitch is laying out words to make it so he ISN'T a hypocrite right now. Basically, he only refused to vote on Garland BECAUSE there were different parties in the white house/senate then. NOW because they ARE the same, it's okay.
Of course, that's not what he said in 2016, but it really doesn't matter. McConnell is making noise for the sake of whoever hasn't noticed that none of these precedents or gentleman's agreements have carried weight for the last decade.